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What are we missing here?

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We either open up possibilities for inquiry or close them.

The open-minded tend to include those around them.

The shallow-minded prefer to isolate others as a means to an end. Evolution halts.

Attitude predetermines whether we discover facts and establish truth.

We put our minds in the world, shaped by the rhythm of nuance and complexity and weave it into a geometry of thought.

We never know for sure when the old world passes away and a new one begins.

All that’s certain are the infinitude of blind spots.

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The all-important gaze

Stuck in a default state of distractedness, we look away for the next magnetic clue.

As the gaze proceeds, a sense of familiarity comes to our aid to help us navigate our way in the world.

But most of it is just noise impeding the short-term incremental goals and long-term moon shots.

Stare at the world and your model

What we decide to pay attention to ultimately determines our lives.

So we might as well keep our eyes on the entire donut, not just the donut hole.

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What imprints the outlook

You have to cultivate everything: awareness, happiness, aloofness, sadness, the yin, and yang.

Nothing comes naturally, although genetics are known to preprogram our inclinations. 

People are constantly surveying, digesting the world around them. So they must also decide what sticks and what doesn’t.

Inner and outer feelings express themselves as lifestyles. Fashioning one as an outsider gives them their edge. Being an insider gives one all the answers.

Humans signal their desires and struggles. A lousy sleeper wears their restlessness on them the next day.

When the try becomes a habit, the unconscious controls take over. The body is in concert.

Shaggy but sure — that’s when you know that the desired perspective is a part of you.

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Balancing opposites

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Settle into the system or shake it up. Pursue happiness or devour tranquility.

Expect disruption or create your own law of contrast. Strive for greatness or let go and let God. 

Chase power or be your best self. Maximize productivity or step away from the grind.

There’s an inverse relationship between forcing something to happen and actually achieving it. When you take your foot off the gas and relax a little, that’s when things to start to open up. 

“When you try to stay on the surface of the water, you sink; but when you try to sink, you float’ and that ‘insecurity is the result of trying to be secure.”

Alan Watts
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‘How very odd it was to live your life so decisively’

In fact, he really wasn’t open to possibilities at all, now that she thought about it. How very odd it was, she thought, to live your life so decisively, to be so sure of how everything should be, as if everything in life was black and white instead of various shades of gray.

Karen McQuestionA Scattered Life 

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‘Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else’

“Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” — Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci quotes, Leonardo da Vinci art, Leonardo da Vinci history, Leonardo da Vinci drawings, #art #paintings, Leonardo da Vinci paintings, Leonardo da Vinci kids

‘Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.’

— Leonard Da Vinci

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